The writer is research director, Brookings India.
Shamika Ravi writes: Covid death data has led to intense speculation and politicisation. The core issue is not that the numbers are right or wrong, but the absence of high quality data.
Shamika Ravi, Mudit Kapoor write: Study reveals that more than 90 per cent of rural and urban non–SC/ST/OBC households will meet the government’s criteria for economically weaker sections
The real problem is that government, journalists, academics have been indifferent to the issues of vital statistics prior to Covid, largely because these statistics concerned the weaker sections of society
Though stringent lockdwon was timely. Now it's time to address ballooning opportunity costs across sectors
In light of the severe capacity constraint, if the NRC is to be ever launched then the first step for the MHA should be to strengthen the existing infrastructure to account for at least every birth and death within the country.
It is crucial for young girls to have female mentors because research shows that it encourages them to persevere ahead, despite difficulties.
In a mature democracy, rights of an individual vis-à-vis the state are protected by an independent judiciary. This act of undoing a Supreme Court judgment was an assault on the individual right to private property.
There is neither credible evidence of a jobs crisis in India, nor of its absence.
Data shows electronic voting machines provide fair elections, which helps improve public utility provisions, reduces crime
Response to the crisis of farmer suicides is narrowly focused. Poor health accounts for most suicides, necessitating improved access to healthcare rather than special packages
Jan Dhan Yojana is a remarkable achievement. But financial inclusion must be more ambitious and look beyond bank accounts.
Restructure the MGNREGS to raise overall efficiency and gains to rural households.
If parties do not nurture them, women’s political representation will remain tokenistic
Why ‘right to entrepreneurship’, promised by Congress manifesto, is a bad idea.